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Wildlife Branch - Lands Program


The Lands Program is responsible for assisting Regional staff in the management of over 1,100,000 acres of fish and wildlife habitat. In total CDFW manages 749 properties throughout the state. These properties provide habitat for a rich diversity of fish, wildlife, and plant species and comprise habitats from every major ecosystem in the state. In addition, the Lands Program also administers several private lands conservation programs designed to assist landowners with the management of wetlands, riparian habitats, native grasslands and wildlife-friendly farmlands.

Lands Program Contacts

Name Classification Phone Number E-mail Address
Kari Lewis Program Manager (916) 445-3789
Ecological Reserve and Wildlife Area Web Pages
Sharon Taylor Environmental Scientist (916) 323-7194
Land Management and Resource Assessment
Teresa Le Blanc Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisor) (916) 445-3499
Sharon Taylor Environmental Scientist
Lands Inventory
(916) 323-7194
Levi Souza
Environmental Scientist
Land Management Planning
(916) 445-3709
Daydre Roser
Environmental Scientist
Land Management Planning
(916) 445-3690
Jeffrey Shu Environmental Scientist
CVPIA Refuge Water Supply Coordinator
(916) 445-8572
Wildlife Areas and Wildlife Restoration Program
Brad Burkholder Senior Environmental Scientist (916) 445-1829
Ecological Reserves and Land Acquisition
Julie Horenstein Senior Environmental Scientist (916) 324-3772
Comprehensive Wetland Habitat Program
Brian Olson
Senior Environmental Scientist (916) 445-3486
Helen Swagerty
Environmental Scientist (916) 445-3561
Jessica Nesbit Scientific Aide Comprehensive
Wetland Habitat Program (CWHP)
(916) 445-3767
Integrated Pest Management
Joel Trumbo Senior Environmental Scientist (916) 445-8544
Mariah Thomas
Scientifc Aide (916) 445-3766
Geographic Information Systems
Lisa Ohara Research Analyst II, GIS
GIS Data and Maps
(916) 445-3542

Wildlife Branch - Lands Program
1812 9th Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 445-0411


To work in partnership with the CDFW's Regions to ensure that the state's lands are managed and maintained to provide optimal benefits for fish, wildlife, and plants by:

  • Developing uniform, statewide policies and planning guidance relative to the acquisition, protection, restoration, enhancement, and management of lands;
  • Providing statewide policy and programmatic coordination with conservation groups and local, state, and federal resource agencies to conserve privately owned lands;
  • Developing uniform guidelines and regulations for public use and land management plans that focus on the needs of fish, wildlife, and plants.
  • Providing budgetary and technical assistance to Regional land managers; and
  • Fostering public use, knowledge, and enjoyment of lands.